LIVESTOCK THEFT: EXPANDING ON CRIMINOLOGICAL PROFILING AND OFFENDER ASSESSMENT PRACTICES IN SOUTH AFRICA

Criminological profiling and assessments of offenders have proved to be a valuable tool in
the prediction and rehabilitation of criminal behaviour. However, such assessments have
mostly been applied to violent types of crimes. Although economic crimes such as theft and
fraud have not been neglected, the value and application of criminological profiling and the
assessment of offenders who perpetrated the crime of livestock theft has not been fully
explored.  Read more …

ENVIRONMENTAL CRIMINOLOGY THEORIES: AN ANALYSIS OF LIVESTOCK THEFT CASES

This article describes the uniqueness of livestock theft as a rural crime that needs to be attended to in a more specialised manner than other crimes against property in rural areas. Specific livestock theft cases are used to demonstrate by means of environmental criminology theories that livestock theft occurs within a specific rural environment and that generalisation of the crimes is not always possible due to the type of crime that is committed. The events of the crimes create much awareness regarding crime, space and time and the involved social media and other technologies that can be used to detect livestock theft crimes in future. Read more …

THE ROLE OF SOCIAL MEDIA IN LIVESTOCK THEFT: A CASE STUDY

The development of social media in South Africa and the use of social media in general by the criminal justice system will firstly be discussed and then the focus will move to the role of the social media in solving livestock theft crime. Formal social networks are explored and analysed within the context of a social networks analysis. The purpose of the article is to determine if social media networks in collaboration with more formal social networks contribute to the apprehension of the offenders as well as involving other related information that could lead to reduction in livestock theft.  Read more …

The extent of stock theft in South Africa

Agriculture is one of the cornerstones in any country’s economy. Therefore, the different crimes committed within the rural agricultural communities need to be researched as they impact on the economy and food security of the country. The importance of crimes committed in the rural areas of South Africa is neglected by researchers in the field of humanities and related research areas. In South Africa, livestock theft is the only crime committed on farms which is indicated separately within the National Crime Statistics.  Read more …

Livestock Theft: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

There are three kinds of lies, lies damn lies and statistics. The quote is attributed to many people and arguments are made that it is made popular by Mark Twain whom attributed the quote to Benjamin Disraeli, the 19th century British Prime Minister. The purpose of this report however is not to discuss the quotation as such but to demonstrate that the quote is true when it is attributed to livestock theft statistics in South Africa.   Read more …

Meld veediefstalsake aan

 

NUUSVRYSTELLING

(vir onmiddellike vrystelling)

 NASIONALE VEEDIEFSTALVOORKOMINGSFORUM DOEN ‘N  BEROEP OP PRODUSENTE
OM VEEDIEFSTALSAKE AAN TE MELD

 Die Nasionale Veediefstalvoorkomingsforum (NVVK) was die afgelope tyd betrokke by baie vergaderings regoor die land en dit is duidelik dat die statistieke oor die nie-aanmelding van veediefstalsake nie oordryf word nie. Daar is ‘n groot toename in veediefstal.

Statistieke Suid-Afrika het aangedui dat 36.3% van veediefstalsake in 2011 nie deur die slagoffers aangemeld is nie. Dié syfer het in 2012 na 40,1% gestyg en in 2013 het dit drasties gestyg tot 63%. Die verskynsel is nie in die 2014 slagoffers van misdaad opname geëvalueer nie, maarLombaard (2014) het bevind dat 75% van skaapdiefstalsake in die Vrystaat nie aangemeld word nie. Selfs dié syfers word bevraagteken, aangesien inligting wat deur die provinsies verskaf is, daarop dui dat die nie-aanmelding van veediefstalsake in so ‘n mate toeneem dat dit  in sommige distrikte so hoog as tussen 80% en 85% is. Statistieke Suid-Afrika het in 2015 bevestig dat die nie-aanmeldingskoers tot 67,7% gestyg het.

Dié statistieke is aan alle rolspelers in die bedryf beskikbaar gestel en ‘n pleidooi is gelewer vir die aanmelding van veediefstalsake. Daar word sedert Mei 2016 opgemerk dat die aantal veediefstalsake konstant styg en dit is twyfelagtig of meer veediefstalsake aangemeld word en of meer veediefstalmisdade gepleeg word.

Sedert Mei 2016 was baie veeprodusente in die veediefstalbrandpunte die slagoffers van hierdie misdaad. Die gebiede wat tans geteiken word, is die Gauteng Provinsie met spesifieke verwysing na Nigel, Devon, Heildelberg, Vereeniging, Barrage en Fochville. In die Noordwes Provinsie word gebiede soos Lindequedrift, Potchefstroom en Ventersdorp geteiken en in die Vrystaat Provinsie word Heilbron,  Edenville, Koppies, Kroonstad en Parys geteiken. Dit is glad nie vreemd om te sien dat groot getalle skape en beeste by produsente gesteel word nie, bv  45 skape in Edenville en 35 skape in Nigel/Devon.  In die Nigel/Devon-gebiede word daar snags tussen 3 tot 12 beeste geslag en in die weste van Gauteng en die Noordwes Provinsie, is dit nie vreemd dat beeste gesteel word en oor groot afstande vervoer word nie.

Die Nasionale Veediefstalvoorkomingsforum doen ‘n beroep op veeprodusente om aan al die betrokke wetgewing te voldoen en hul vee gereeld te tel. In die brandpunt-gebiede moet vee selfs meer as een keer per dag getel word. Meld asseblief alle veediefstalsake onmiddellik by die naaste polisiekantoor aan.

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27 Julie 2016

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Mnr Willie Clack                                                                   Mnr Gerhard Schutte

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Nasionale Veediefstalvoorkomingsforum                  Rooivleis Produsente Org.

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Producers are urged to report livestock theft cases

PRESS RELEASE

(for immediate release)

 

PRODUCERS ARE URGED TO REPORT LIVESTOCK THEFT CASES

In recent times the National Stock Theft Prevention Forum (NSTPF) have been involved in many meetings all over the country and it is obvious that the statistics regarding the non-reporting of stock theft cases are not over extrapolated and that stock theft as a crime, is on the rise.

Statistics South Africa reported in 2011 that 36.3% of stock theft cases were not reported by the victims and in 2012 this number rose to 40.1% and in 2013 it increased drastically to 63%. The 2014 victims of crime survey did not evaluate this phenomenon, however Lombaard (2014) found that 75% of sheep theft in the Free State Province is not reported.  Currently these figures are even questioned as information from provinces indicate that the non-reporting are escalating at such a rate that it could currently be as high as 80% to 85% in certain districts. Statistics South Africa confirmed in 2015 that the non-reporting rate has escalated to 67.7%.

 

These statistics were made available to all role-players in the industry and a plea was made that livestock theft cases must be reported. As of May 2016 it is detected that the number of livestock theft cases are constantly increasing and it is questionable if more livestock theft cases are reported or if more livestock theft crimes are committed.

Since may 2016 a lot of livestock producers in the livestock theft heaven has been subjected to this crime. The areas currently targeted are Gauteng Province with specific reference to Nigel, Devon, Heidelberg, Vereeniging, Barrage and Fochville. In the North West Province areas such as Lindequedrift, Potchefstroom and Venterdorp are targeted.  In the Free State Province areas such as Heilbron, Edenville, Koppies, Kroonstad and Parys are targeted.  It is not strange to find that large numbers of sheep and cattle are stolen, eg. 45 sheep stolen in Edenville  and 35 sheep in Nigel/Devon.  In the Nigel/Devon areas the number of cattle slaughtered per night, varies from 3 to 12 and in the west of Gauteng and the North West Province, the number of cattle stolen and driven for vast distances,  are not a strange occurrence.

The NSTPF makes an urgent plea towards producers to adhere to all the relevant legislation and to count their livestock regularly and in the extreme areas, to even count more than once per day. Producers should also report stock theft cases  immediately to their nearest Police Station.

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27 July 2016

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Mr Willie Clack                                                                     Mr Gerhard Schutte

Chairman                                                                              CEO

National Stock Theft Prevention Forum                      Red Meat Producers’ Org

Cell : 082 574 2653                                                             Cell : 082 556 7296